Prophetic word given by Bishop Roberto Jemmott for the body of Christ during Nazareth Christian Fellowship’s 2017 Prophetic Encounter.
As we gather for this year’s Prophetic encounter, I want to prophesy, encourage and assure you that God will fight all of your battles there will be no need for you to fight! Not fighting, however, does not mean that I sit securely and do nothing; because in this season God will only fight what we are instructed to confront.
King Jehoshaphat was confronted by three nations who allied themselves with the intention of destroying his kingdom. Jehoshaphat called the people to a solemn assembly for the purpose of praying and fasting. While Jehoshaphat was praying the “Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel,” and he prophesied that there was no need for Jehoshaphat to fight or worry about this army because God was going to fight for him. “King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NKJV)
Notice that while God was going to fight for Jehoshaphat, he still wanted him to go out and face this army, “Tomorrow go down against them” (v.16). Not only was he to go out and confront the army but he needed to position, stand and see for himself how God was going to fight for him. “Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” (v. 17)
A strategy is a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. This is what God gave me for you; this is the strategy you will use to fight your enemy.
1. When confronted with a fight, pray and seek God first. “Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,” (v. 5) Notice that Jehoshaphat prayed in the temple court, and all the people were there praying with him.
2. Praise! Don’t question or doubt the prophetic word, but Praise! “Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.” (v.19) I need to give a word of caution. Notice that the prophetic word was given in the presence of leaders and that the prophet was known by the leader and people.
3. Obedience to the Word and promises of God. “So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa…” (v.20) You can sometimes miss God because of your lack of obedience to His Word.
4. Believe! This is key; you must believe the Word. Your actions demonstrate your belief! “So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (v.20) According to this verse, there are two benefits in believing:
First Benefit, your belief in God’s Word will establish you. Notice he did not say establish, which means to set up, but established meaning having been in existence for a long time. In other words, you are standing on proven prior principles that never fail – the Word of God.
Second Benefit, your belief in the word of the prophet will prosper or bring you success!
As we gather for our 2017 Prophetic Encounter, come expecting to hear from God, and remember that God will fight any enemy you are instructed by His Word to confront!